The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Wednesday that following remedial work, an independent test has declared West Indies offie Shane Shillingford‘s bowling action to be legal, allowing the bowler to resume bowling in international cricket.
Shillingford’s off break and arm balls were re-examined at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth on March 4, and the elbow extensions for each of his deliveries was measured to be within the 15-degree level of tolerance permiited under the ICC Regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling Actions.
Shillingford’s bowling action was reported after the 2nd day’s play in the 2nd test against India at Mumbai last November and the off-spinner was tested on November 29, 2013. Shillingford’s deliveries were assessed to be illegal and the offspinner was suspended from bowling in international cricket.
However, despite being given a clean chit by the ICC, Shillingford’s doosra remains an illegal delivery and cannot be used in international cricket.
“It is significant to point out that under this process, as with all bowlers, the bowling action of Shane Shillingford will continue to be monitored by match officials to ensure its legality,” the ICC confirmed in a statement eariler on Wednesday.